Skip to comments.Hawthorne woman could get 5 years if convicted in texting-while-driving case
Posted on 04/05/2012 8:27:16 PM PDT by grundle
A Hawthorne woman allegedly texting and driving with her infant daughter in her lap through Torrance faces charges that could send her to jail for five years
Shawndeeia Joann Bowen, 29, of Hawthorne, appeared Thursday for arraignment in Torrance court
Bowen, who has six children, pleaded not guilty and was ordered to return to court on April 12. She remained in custody on more than $130,000 bail.
Bowen was wearing one false eyelash and pink children's elastic underwear on her head when officers pulled her over at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with three children in the car.
"When they stopped her, she had something on her head," Torrance police Lt. Stephen D'anjou said. "They thought it was a hat. When they investigated further they noticed it was her children's underwear."
a motorist called 911 to report seeing the woman texting with an infant in her lap.
The woman's 4-year-old niece was sitting in the car seat in the back. Bowen's 3-year-old daughter was sleeping across the back seat, also unsecured, police said.
Records showed Bowen was on probation from a previous conviction for child abuse.
Her driving record includes two accidents and previous violations for having a defective windshield or rear window, having no insurance, failing to use her safety belts, failing to use child restraints, failing to stop behind a limit line, making an illegal turn against a posted sign, driving with defective lighting equipment, driving with a missing license plate and driving with a suspended license.
Department of Motor Vehicle records showed she repeatedly failed to go to court.
The Torrance City Prosecutor's Office on Thursday charged Bowen with three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, two counts of violating a court order, and single counts of driving without a valid license and driving with a suspended license.
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She’s one of the peeps in Maxine Water’s district. Enough said.
Bowen, who has six children
Bowen was wearing one false eyelash and pink children's elastic underwear on her head
Doesn't it make you all feel warm and fuzzy that your tax dollars are going towards this whacked out slob's cell phone & texting bill?
It sure didn’t take long for the racist media to produce a litany of previous offenses for this poor underpriveleged African-American woman, who obviously couldn’t afford seat belts or windshields. (/s?)
I HIGHLY doubt you would get 5 years for texting and driving.
just driving with a kid in your lap.. 5 is a light sentence.
The truly frightening thing- there were actually six men who were willing to have sex with this...um...woman. Even more frightening: it looks like she’s about ready to pop out another one.
The seat's buckle was caked with chocolate that appeared to have accumulated over time, D'anjou said
"That buckle has been inoperable for some period of time," D'anjou said. "It never could be buckled because it had so much chocolate gunked up. It looks like caked on."
She needed to. Her airbag was broken.
That was creepy.
The police may differ but Shawndeeia still thinks it's a hat.
Am I alone in my belief that traffic stops should only follow an act that overtly affects the movement of the vehicle; that drivers who stay in their lanes and obey traffic rules should remain unmolested regardless of whatever else they may be doing?
On reading the article I see that this individual was driving with a child on her lap. As this would inhibit access to the vehicle’s controls by the driver, and permit access to the controls by another, this would IMO necessitate a stop.
The driver’s prior driving record, condition of makeup (fake eyelashes) or other clothing (underwear hat) would not, and the latter two items are not cause for any LEO interference whatsoever.
Interference? No. But what about gales of uproarious laughter? If anything the police should be cited for not posting a video on Youtube!
Six kids huh? Are all the Father's Blind?
"Don't be hatin' 'yo! Yo betta not be dissin' my beyotch!"/s
Yeah, I'm gonna respect a useless eater that has done nothing in life but pop out future inmates and sit on her ass getting fat on my tax dollars. Sickening!
Based on anecdotal observations the 'hood rats' will do it with any female with a heartbeat, no matter how fat and gross. Sickening again!
I believe she was stopped for texting while driving. That’s illegal up here, assume it’s the same in the USA.
Motherhood certainly has come a long way from June Cleaver.
Poor little kids - they don’t stand a chance, through no fault of their own.